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"Scary Movie 3" — The first one was original, the second was still funny, but the third installment is on autopilot, even though it's a guaranteed moneymaking machine. The golden goose formula is to roast a bunch of movies with a plot that makes no sense and skits so politically incorrect it takes your breath away. It helps to like the movies being spoofed: "The Ring," "Signs," "8 Mile" and "The Matrix Reloaded." Anna Faris is back as a spunky reporter. Anthony Anderson is funny even here as a rapper. Charlie Sheen does the raised eyebrow thing in Mel Gibson's farmer dad role from "Signs." PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual humor, language, comic violence and drug references. 90 min. One and a half stars out of four.

— Sheila Norman-Culp, AP Writer

"Radio" — A by-the-numbers tale of inspiration that resonates with the cheery sentiment and trifling depth of a well-written Hallmark card. Director Mike Tollin carefully concocts the ingredients for maximum pull on the heart strings. The gooey results are lifted above mawkishness by sincere performances from Cuba Gooding Jr. as a mentally disabled man who finds acceptance as booster for a high school's sports teams and Ed Harris as a mentoring coach. Though "Radio" is "inspired by a true story," Gooding and Harris' characters are too pure and high-minded to exist in the real world. Yet the small-town sense of community and compassion they evoke is so goodhearted, the movie manages an amiable, if fleeting, rise in spirits. PG for mild language and thematic elements. 106 min. Two and a half stars out of four.

— David Germain, AP Movie Writer

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"Runaway Jury" — Casting is more than half the battle with this adaptation of John Grisham's courtroom thriller. The lurid, preposterous tale is elevated to a guiltily watchable pleasure by earnest performances from Gene Hackman as a lovably sleazy jury consultant, Dustin Hoffman as an upright attorney for the plaintiff, and John Cusack and Rachel Weisz as scheming jury-riggers. Director Gary Fleder's brisk, assured pacing also makes the implausibilities go down easier in this story of the extreme lengths corrupt legal teams will take to bully jurors into producing a favorable verdict in a lawsuit against a gun maker over a shooting death. PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements. 127 min. Two and a half stars out of four.

— David Germain, AP Movie Writer

"Mystic River" — Director Clint Eastwood is at his best since "Unforgiven," weaving a rich study of complex characters and moral ambiguity. Performances by Tim Robbins, Sean Penn and Marcia Gay Harden are among the year's best, while Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne and Laura Linney provide excellent support. Adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel, the film centers on three boyhood friends reunited 25 years later by a young woman's murder. One is a vengeful father (Penn), another a cop on the case (Bacon), the third a suspect emotionally crippled by childhood trauma (Robbins). Eastwood and his actors create a brooding drama whose events and interrelationships seem surreally improbable yet painfully authentic. R for language and violence. 140 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.

— David Germain, AP Movie Writer

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